2021 Vina Carmen Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Premier 1850

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Type of Wine White
Country Chile
Region Casablanca Valley
Winery Vina Carmen
Vintage 2021
Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2023 - 2026
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In recent years, Chile has worked very successfully on high-quality Sauvignon Blanc. Planting in the cooler vineyards in particular played an important role in this. Casablanca Valley is such a region, where the coolness of the Pacific provides the perfect conditions for making fresh Sauvignons. The grapes ripen nicely here, but because they hang on the stick longer, they also retain their acidity. Due to the greater temperature differences between day and night, they are also more powerful in taste. The wine gets a wonderfully exotic character by fermentation at a very low temperature, around 12 °C. Prior to fermentation, the wine soaks on the skins for no less than ten days at a temperature of 3º - 4ºC, which gives it extra strength and flavour. With a maturation on the 'lie', the dead yeast cells, the education is completed. This also makes the wine gain in complexity and taste. It produces a delicious glass of Sauvignon, juicy, elegant, open, with a pronounced freshness.

In the glass, the 1850 Reserva Sauvignon has a light straw yellow color with a green tinge. On the nose, the wine is fragrant, with lime, citrus and flint, broad and exotic, a touch of boxwood, with pleasant gooseberries. In the mouth the wine is full and powerful, green pepper and asparagus, exciting, fresh and powerful at the same time, mild final. An excellent aperitif, delicious with oysters, shrimps, herring tartare, white meat and green salads.

Vineyard for 2021 Vina Carmen Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Premier 1850

Carmen is the oldest of the bodegas still active in Chilean viticulture. The house was founded in 1850 by Chistian Lanz, who named the winery after his beloved wife Carmen. Until 1987 it led a fairly inconspicuous existence. However, it was then taken over by the Claro family, who were also involved as co-owners in companies such as Santa Rita and Los Vascos. Substantial investments were made, and the opportunity was seized to establish one of Chile's most modern wine companies. In 1994, the carménère grape variety was rediscovered in the vineyards of Carmen. It was long thought that this grape variety was extinct because of the phylloxera, but research showed that the grape was still planted in the Alta Maipo Valley vineyards of Carmen. Since its rediscovery, the carménère grape has become the signature variety for Chilean viticulture. Due to the construction at the foot of the Andes mountains, the new cellars from the winery could be constructed in such a way that all movements with the wine only take place under the influence of gravity. The use of pumps, which somehow 'damage' the wine, make it less of a quality, is completely avoided in this way.

However, the basis of Carmen's success does not even lie in the state-of-the-art installations, but in the vineyard. The professional team of oenologists, led by María del Pilar González, also plays an important role in the production of quality wines. With its arrival in the early 1990s, the emphasis was placed on the quality of the grapes by the young winemaker Alvaro Espinoza. Now that winemaker Emily Faulconer has taken over Carmen's premium range, the focus is on making wines with their own identity and salvaging the value of the terroir they come from. Winemaker Emily Faulconer studied agricultural engineering at the Universidad Católica de Chile. She worked in wineries in the United States (Cakebread Cellars), New Zealand (Trinity Hill Winery) and France (Chateau Canon). Faulconer has also previously worked as head winemaker in Viña Arboleda, where she managed the viticultural and viticultural areas, emphasizing the production of fine wines with a sense of origin.

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Type of Wine White
Country Chile
Region Casablanca Valley
Winery Vina Carmen
Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Screw cap
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Green & grassy, Tense, Tropical fruit, White fruit
Drink moments Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras
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